Bea is part of the founding team of eporta.com. Launched in only 2015, eporta has rapidly become the worlds leading sourcing platform for Interior Designers, and is used everyday by more than 6000 trade professionals. Bea heads up the eporta community, content and global partnerships, giving her a unique insight into how Interior Designers work, and how their work and the industry is perceived here and around the world.
Sophie Ashby, Creative Director of Studio Ashby, developed her design skills in New York, and whose own studio, Studio Ashby, now creates spaces with a unique identity. Ashby draws on her love of antiques, colour, contemporary ‘world art’, modernist furniture, photography and her latest discoveries to deliver an eclectic richness to each interior.
Studio Ashby’s relationships with artisans and craftsmen, extensive resources and continual foraging play an integral role in developing each project. Humour and a love of objects with an explicit narrative result in a carefully balanced body of work that creates cohesive spaces with a sense of honesty.
Ana Azevedo, co-founder of Open Plan Living, a high-end bespoke and designer furniture company, brings the best of Portuguese craftsmanship to the UK. Growing up in Northern Portugal – an area internationally renowned for its furniture workshops and skilled artisans – she developed an early interest in craftsmanship, watching her seamstress mother handmake timeless wedding dresses.
Later, during her 16-year career as a General Manager in the restaurant and hospitality industry, Ana developed a passion for interiors whilst coordinating new openings and working closely with interior designers. From this background, steeped in both design and business, in 2014, Ana and her best friend Renata spotted an opportunity to bring exquisite, handcrafted Portuguese furniture to the residential and commercial markets in the UK. They now work with a range of UK interior design practices to deliver beautiful bespoke projects.
Sanjit Bahra, Founder of Design Plus Light is an award winning lighting specialist with over 20 years experience in architectural lighting design.
Lighting at home matters and Design Plus Light is passionate about lighting; the right lighting can change a space with the touch of a button.
Design Plus Light is a lighting agency creating lighting beauty by blending together luxury and necessity in homes, hotels and commercial properties. The architectural environment is enhanced by stylish lighting schemes. Design Plus Light bridges the gap between architects and electrical engineers, using our creative expertise and technical knowledge to bring a touch of theatre to the built environment.
Bespoke commissions have ranged from restyling a simple uplighter, to designing a stunning chandelier for a staircase. Design Plus Light travels the world in pursuit of advising clients on the most suitable lighting.
The team is experts in the best lighting technology, equipment and fixtures and also environmentally responsible using energy-efficient lighting wherever possible
Niloufar Bakhtiar-Bakhtiari is a designer (founder of NBB Design) and art connoisseur who combines colour and contemporary art with great flair and expression. Vibrant colour is just one of the influences of Niloufar’s Persian heritage that has helped shape a clear design identity. Niloufar is passionate about antique and contemporary Middle Eastern art and her stewardship roles as Patron of the Royal Academy and member of the MENAAC acquisition committee at Tate Modern signify the central position that art takes in her life and work. She also has her own eclectic art collection with a focus on contemporary Middle Eastern/African art and works closely to advise her clients on art. See Art in Interiors press release attached.
Fabrice Bana is a London-based high-end interior designer, the founder of the established design blog A-Gent of Style and a design tastemaker on the international design circuit.
Andrew Buchanan has worked as a project manager and interior designer for the last 15 years. Starting his career as a draughtsman in New Zealand then after moving to the UK he worked with Bill Bennette on a number of large scale refurbishment projects.
As a senior architectural interior designer for Joanna Trading, during the last 9 years he has successfully completed numerous projects in London including apartments and houses, a large country house in Cambridge, a ten bedroom chalet in Gstaad and the All England Lawn Tennis Club Clubhouse at Wimbledon. Andrew has worked on buildings from the pouring of the concrete through to the hanging of the pictures and placing of the soft furnishings, managing design from concept through to installation. Andrew was appointed a Director of Joanna Trading Ltd in April 2016 and is a member of BIID.
He has a practical knowledge of the design construction and function of both furniture and buildings as well as their historical architectural detailing. He also has valuable experience in the hospitality sector.
Anna is an interior designer and runs a busy design studio called Run For The Hills in West London. They specialise in both commercial and residential interior design, designing not just the interior but also the brand identity and in-venue graphics of restaurants and bars, cafes, property developments, retail spaces and creative workspaces. They work mainly in the UK, but also internationally for well-known commercial brands, also private residences for high profile individuals and stylish individuals. In a former life, Anna was a Creative Director in marketing, events and design communications agencies.
Nina Campbell is one of the world’s most respected and influential interior designers. Her list of clients and design expertise is unparalleled. Renowned for her contagious wit and brilliant sense of style, her designs appeal to both young and old and sit well in both contemporary and traditional interiors.
Sophie Conran is the only daughter of designer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran and food writer Caroline Conran. Sister to fashion designer Jasper, restaurateurs Tom and Ned and product designer Sebastian, Sophie is married and has 2 wonderful children.
Sophie left school early and worked through a variety of different jobs including working as an apprentice to Stephen Jones the couture milliner, working in Jasper’s fashion empire, running a supper club and delving into the world of interior design with various home and retail projects. She has worked as a buyer for the Design Museum’s shop and The Conran Shop and set up her own ‘corner shop of the world’ – Wong Singh Jones in Notting Hill.
After a couple of years living in Australia, Sophie returned to the UK and launched Sophie Conran Pies – a gourmet collection of handmade top quality pies – winners of 4 medals at the Great Taste Awards. This lead to her debut cookbook ‘Pies’ published in November 2006, ‘Easy Pies’ for Marks and Spencers and ‘Soups and Stews’ published in 2008. March 2006 saw the launch of Sophie’s hugely successful range with Portmeirion. The range has won many prestigious awards and is now sold in 33 countries with the range ever expanding.
Sophie now works with many amazing companies creating stunning, well-known ranges. She partnered with Arthouse in 2008 and develops ranges of luxury wallpaper. In 2010 she joined forces with British cutlery manufacturer Arthur Price and launches her second full range design with them in 2016. 2010 was also the start of her relationship with Burgon and Ball and their ever-growing range of garden tools and accessories. 2013 saw the creation of her fantastic woodware range with T & G Woodware and most recently she has started working with Ulster Weavers to develop an exciting new collection of kitchen textiles. Sophie works with a range of charities including Macmillan, The Prince’s Teaching Institite and the Museums of Oxford.
www.sophieconran.com was launched in 2013 and brings all of Sophie’s collections together with exclusive ranges developed and curated from suppliers, manufacturers and artisans all over the world. Sophieconran.com is now a go-to destination for the whole home with exciting new launches and catalogues every season. Sophie continues to develop beautiful products that are cherished the world over, making every day a beautiful day.
Iris graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (BFA). She soon joined Federated Department Stores where she worked in the advertising department at Lord & Taylor’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. She rose to the position as an Art Director and remained there for thirteen years. She then founded her own interior design firm Iris Designs which has since evolved into ID Creations by Iris Dankner.
Iris resides in Manhattan and Southampton, New York and currently divides her time between her residential interior design work and various activities on behalf of breast cancer, her largest endeavor being her own interior design showhouse, Holiday House.
As a breast cancer survivor, Iris was inspired to combine her two passions — interior design and fundraising for breast cancer research — when she saw a lack of high profile interior design events in the New York City area benefitting women’s issues. After its inception in 2008, Holiday House became the first designer showhouse in New York City to benefit a breast cancer organization, attracting talented designers from across the country to transform the historic Academy Mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side each fall. Holiday House has since created a summer expansion in the Hamptons and is now established as one of the premiere showhouses in the country.
Proceeds from Holiday House events benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, which was founded by Evelyn Lauder in 1993 and works tirelessly towards achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer by providing critical funding for innovative clinical research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness bout good breast health.
For more information, please visit holidayhousedesignshow.com
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Ella Doran is a multi-talented designer, who uses her own photography, mark-making and textile design skills to create a wide range of outcomes, from products and fabrics to large-scale environmental graphics. Her work includes commissions for The Royal Society of Arts, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Tate, The John Radcliffe Hospital, The Royal London Hospital, Paloma Picasso, Portmeirion and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Ella’s visually-arresting and award-winning designs are the result of creative partnerships and collaboration. She is never happier than when acting as a catalyst, setting off a chain of interlocking innovations. Recurrent passions include travel, the use of colour and helping to advance the circular economy. www.elladoran.co.uk
Chris Gardner is Head of Home & Garden Business Development at ebay. This involves working with business sellers and brands to grow and develop the ebay Home & Garden category. Prior to working at ebay Chris had several roles in retail buying, the last one being Buying Manager for Kitchen & Dining at Selfridges.
Angus Gibson is a pioneer in the audio-visual industry having worked with interior designers and architects since 1985 when he founded his first technology company. Now a director of Lamont his work includes technology for both residential and commercial projects and is passionate about acoustics and well-engineered audio visual.
Georgie Grandy is founder and director of GrandyArt, an art consultancy promoting established and emerging British artists. Through a series of events, exhibitions, marketing and sales, Grandy has successfully promoted a long, yet curated roster of some of Britain’s most talented fine artists. Grandy, who graduated with honours from Newcastle University in 2001, worked with the prestigious Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town prior to setting up GrandyArt in London in 2006.
Through her extensive network and curatorial prowess, Grandy has built GrandyArt into the destination for new and experienced collectors to discover some of today’s most talented new names. Further, her ability to identify emerging talent allows for introductions to artists before the high premiums are placed on reputation.
Grandy hosts regular exhibitions and group shows across central London, including Under a Grand, an annual show of emerging artists whose work is destined to value exponentially over time. Recently, Grandy has also started Art & Interiors, a series of salons exploring the intersection of fine art and interior design.
Jay Grierson has worked alongside Martin since 2005. Together they created Martin Hulbert Design in 2010. Jay has completed a wide variety of residential & hotel interiors for Barnsley House, the Treehouse Suites at Chewton Glen, Nobu in Monaco, the Grove Hotel in Narberth, the Beach House restaurant at Oxwich Bay and Spring Cottage at Cliveden.
Jay was awarded, jointly with Martin, Interior Designer of the year for the Treehouse Suites at Chewton Glen. His work has also been published worldwide.
My background working as an Interior Designer for Architectural and Interior Design Practices over twenty years including running my own consultancy for nearly 12 years, has given me a real insight into the creative industry.
I held the post of International Director for the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) from 2010 - 2014. This voluntary but elected role, afforded me the privilege of being an ambassador for design around the globe including presenting the best of British Design in America, The Middle East, Europe and the Far East.
Beata Heuman’s studio is known for its playful and original work. Ranked by House and Garden as one of the top 100 Designers, the team strives to create beautiful interiors – whatever the scale and budget – with a Scandinavian attention to detail and longevity. In addition to interior design work, the studio has a growing collection of its own fabrics, wallpapers, lighting and furniture. Beata worked for Nicky Haslam for nine years before setting up the studio in 2013. Beata Heuman is a BIID Registered Interior Designer®.
Emma Hooton set up a design practice in Winchester around 7 years ago following a KLC diploma and experience working with one of the Top 100 designers in South Kensington. Emma and her team focus on large country house projects from the architects’ concepts upwards and are passionate not only about the finished result but all the detailed technical aspects that go into creating the most considered, harmonious interiors such as lighting and joinery design.
Emma’s clients want to push the boundaries with original, contemporary design which still works with the country walks and lifestyle. Muddy dogs and children’s wellies can still be managed alongside cutting edge fittings, finishes and technology.
As principal for twenty years of one of London’s leading interior design companies, Studio Hopwood, Daniel is an experienced designer with a portfolio of high end residential properties and stunning commercial projects.
Daniel’s work has been featured in publications across the globe. He is a guest tutor at the KLC Design School in London and is a renowned speaker on interior design at UK and international events.
He presented and judged the Channel 4 series, ‘Britain’s Best Homes’ and has now followed that up by working alongside Sophie Robinson and Tom Dyckhoff as a judge on the popular BBC 2 show, ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’.
Daniel was elected as President of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) in June 2014, prior to this he served as the Director of Continuing Professional Development on the BIID Council.
Karen Howes, a warm, intelligent, witty and personable designer and entrepreneur, is the driving force behind the success of London-based interior design practice Taylor Howes, that was founded in 1993.
Passionate about interior design from an early age, Karen Howes’ real love affair with interiors began when, at just 18 years old, she rented a room in a tiny house in King’s Cross owned by Martin Waller, worldwide furniture retailer and founder of Andrew Martin. This was a real treasure trove, full of unusual artefacts which shaped her eye for design and love of interiors.
By the age of 21, Howes had launched her first interior design business and was steadily climbing the property ladder. Howes met her future business partner Gail Taylor when they started working on an important show apartment for a leading house-builder, which in turn led to fifty more commissions of this kind. This fruitful collaboration led to the birth of Taylor Howes, which was launched from an office located in the London home of fashion guru, Isabella Blow and the newly graduated Philip Treacy.
In 2011, Karen took sole charge of the company when Gail moved to the offices of their joint venture, th2designs, to drive the business forward with the team. Supported by an excellent, passionate and committed team comprising of over 30 members, four of which are right hand senior directors, Karen has expanded and cemented the reputation of Taylor Howes as one of the world's leading interior design practices.
The DNA of this company is very much Howes’ own vision: a positive, approachable and refreshing energy that not only produces great work creatively, ensures clients enjoy the whole experience and also prides itself on being approachable and down-to-earth. It is no surprise that Taylor Howes has an impressive track record of returning clients.
As Karen says, “We are known in the industry as being totally professional but at the same time very friendly – it imbues what we do with a softness and an approachability that people who commission us clearly appreciate. Our clients are often opinion formers who are big on taste but short on time – what we do is give them a home that is personal to them and perfect for their needs. At the same time, with over 1000 projects under our belt, we are one of a very few companies who have such a vast wealth of experience.
A member of the BIID (British Institute of Interior Designers), and a well-respected representative of the industry, Karen participates on a regular basis as a guest lecturer at the design school KLC as well as in numerous panel talks and speaks in London and abroad.
Design Haus Liberty is an award winning international architectural and design practice based in London founded by Dara Huang in 2013. Dara is a creative, stylish, business woman who within just three years has created the Design Haus Liberty empire. Born in the USA, Dara received a Masters in Architecture at Harvard and then worked for Herzog de Meuron, Asymptote Architects, and Foster and Partners.
Widely recognised as a key player in the industry, Dara was recently named by Property Week in its ‘40 under 40’ rising stars in property and also featured in China’s BBC’s ‘100 Women’ for 2015. Her studio work is being exhibited the 2016 Venice Biennale, The Somerset House, London and The Art Club Gallery, Seoul and was recently showcased on the BBC. Previous to setting up her own practice, Dara contributed to The Tribeca skyscraper, New York, The New Tate Modern Museum, London and Manolo Blahnik stores worldwide. Dara was also personally invited to design the Samsung Pavilion for the London Olympics 2012.
With over 25 years design experience, Martin Hulbert has completed a wide variety of residential & hotel projects around the world. He is the award-winning designer of The Grove Hotel, Coworth Park for the Dorchester Collection, the Dorchester Spa, the Treehouse Suites at Chewton Glen, Barnsley House and Cliveden Terrace Dining Room & Spring Cottage.
In 2011, Martin received the Pineapple Achievement award from House & Garden magazine for outstanding contribution to hotel design. He has twice been awarded interior designer of the year. His work has been published extensively worldwide. Martin Hulbert Design is one of House & Garden magazine’s Top 100 Interior Designers.
Ella Jade has become an internationally acclaimed Interior Designer. Launching her brand in Harrods, Ella Jade has since created designs for Royalty, recently the home of BAFTA award winning actress Sheridan Smith and BAUER offices seven storey commercial development.
Ella Jade has been called the “New Face of Interior Design” by National UK Press in 2016. The designer has been brought in to work on the homes of celebrities such as Rio Ferdinand, Joanna Lumley and Barbara Windsor. Ella Jade has also worked on commercial and development projects across the world including London, Dubai, New York, Milan and Paris.
Ella Jade appeared on the BBC1 TV Series “The Apprentice” in 2014 and has been featured nationally including SKY news, The Sunday Express, Evening Standard, Elle Décor and BBC London Radio.
The designer has a 6500sqft showroom in Hampstead North London which displays full displays of the complete house and a design studio. Ella Jades has recently opened her brand new flagship showroom on Fulham Road.
Last year, Ella Jade spectacularly launched her British designed collection creating the first Fashion week for Interior Design. Celebrities around the country joined forces to support her as well as national press.
The very unique element of Ella Jade Interiors is that they offer the complete package from start to finish for any room in the house, be that one kitchen or a complete household renovation.
Unrivalled interior design, showroom consultation with full-size displays, a London based manufacturing plant supplying the highest quality products and installation of the final design.
Charity Work: Ella Jade partnered with British Heart Foundation in 2015 and designed a world record breaking chair that was featured all around the UK. The Chair was signed by numerous celebrities and raised money and awareness for the cause.
Giles Kime is a creative executive with extensive experience of innovation, content development and strategy across a range of leading consumer brands including The Telegraph, Decanter and Homes & Gardens.
Cathy Kincaid’s enviable sense of color and intricate design detail has established her as a leading designer in the South. For more than 30 years, Kincaid has transformed homes for her clients that are as individual as they are. From decorating a formal London townhome, to creating a Southwestern retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona; Kincaid’s traditional style evokes a sense of comfortable elegance that remains unmatched. Kincaid offers a diverse combination of old and new design elements, but her primary goal as a designer remains: to create inviting, livable spaces with her clients’ happiness the top priority.
At Cathy Kincaid Interiors Ltd., each of her design projects receives her most personal involvement: she coordinates activities between architects, painters, lighting designers, landscapers and high tech media companies. “Good decoration is never stagnant,” she explains, “by cultivating a good relationship between client, designer and architect, our main objective is to expand a clients initial design ideas, ultimately materializing their vision into a home.”
Afroditi Krassa is a multi-award-winning interior and branding design firm based in West London. Founded and led by Greek-born, London-based designer and Creative Director Afroditi Krassa, the studio specialises in category-defining hospitality design, and has a critically acclaimed portfolio spanning bars, restaurants, hotels, cinemas and more.
Responsible for the conception, development and creation of some of the most pioneering and impactful hospitality projects of the past decade, Krassa has earned her place as one of the most lauded and respected designers of her generation. In an era of rapid change, expansion and evolution in the hospitality world, Afroditi Krassa continues to originate ideas at the cutting edge, lead interior trends from the front and set the agenda for design innovation excellence.
Over her 15 year career, she has launched numerous product collections including deluxe tiles and luxury lighting, and designed over 75 hospitality brands and interiors. Her extensive client roster includes ITSU, Dishoom, Curzon Cinemas, Hilton and Heston Blumenthal.
Kim Kuhteubl is an author and award-winning producer. Her company MeByDesign works with home and lifestyle brands in North America and Europe on marketing, visibility and business strategy. They also consult with Executives and their teams on leadership and personal branding. Kuhteubl’s book Branding + Interior Design teaches designers how to bridge the gap between designer and design leader. Follow her on instagram @mebydesigntv or on Facebook.com/mebydesign.
Rachel’s unique background informs her interior design work every day.
She began her career in New York as a commodities trader and expanded to being a successful emerging markets trader at the firms of investment legends George Soros and Michael Steinhardt.
Rachel and her family moved to Tokyo where she became enamored with Japanese architecture. The Japanese aesthetic of simplicity and beauty inspired and fuelled her passion for interior design. She further developed her knowledge by studying privately with an art historian and architect in Tokyo.
Rachel and her family then settled in London and was quickly hired by celebrated designer Kelly Hoppen. Kelly valued her “East meets West” approach and exceptional international eye, including eclectic sourcing abilities
She currently divides her time between New York and London where she lives with her husband and two daughters running design practices in both cities.
Charles trained as a theatre designer and began his professional career working for the National Theatre and the English National Opera, designing stage sets for theatre, opera and ballet in the UK and abroad. This led naturally into designing for film, working on several feature productions for Golan Globus and Working Title. In 1988, he was invited to join the UK’s foremost international hotel design company where he remained for five years, working on luxury hotels across Europe. In 1994, Charles established his own design practice, Charles Leon Associates which specialised in hospitality and residential design, working mostly with entrepreneurs and hotel developers. In 2010, he was joined by Nicholas Black and in 2014 they formed the partnership Leon Black. Charles is currently on the Council of the BIID where he is head of the Education Committee, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) and is also a guest lecturer at Middlesex University. Charles pursues many diverse interests including climbing and Alpinism, writing, sketching, triathlons, philosophy, motorbikes and skiing.
After gaining a degree in Design from Glasgow School of Art and a Masters in Fine Art from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia I taught textiles for ten years before launching Selvedge in 2003. I wanted to publish a magazine as beautiful as the textiles represented within its pages. I have a hands on approach to every aspect of the magazine and brand.
Thirteen years on my obsession with textiles is stronger than ever having branched out from the print magazine to our own shop and events program. I love meeting and talking to makers, subscribers and customers about our shared passion. If you are visiting London do drop by the shop and meet my wonderful team. We would love to say hello.
Originally from Florida and now a resident of Nassau, Amanda Lindroth has gained an international reputation for her interior design in resort areas. With an early career including stints at Women’s Wear Daily and Gucci, her eye was always drawn to fashion and interiors. Upon moving to Nassau from Europe, Lindroth focused on interior design, imbuing the spirit of island life into her projects. Her business took off. While Lindroth’s style shows great respect for classical design and architecture, her love for colour, creativity and resort spirit shine through in her projects, made from materials she describes as simple, old and organic.
“I like sea grass rugs on the floor, grass cloth on the walls, and beautiful Bahamian straw work throughout,” she said. “Old four-poster beds with eyelet and batik throw pillows fit in so well, as do
watercolours and local artwork, hurricane lamps and candles.”
Signature favourites, such as the use of island motifs, hand-painted palm trees and awning stripes, led to such demand for her style and decorative pieces that her Palm Beach location, Lindroth Design, was born. She recently debuted her Lindroth Island and basket bags, which were subsequently featured in Vogue, Town & Country, Harpers Bazaar and many a design blog. The must-have straw totes and bags, along with chic entertaining finds and an eclectic array of great house gifts are widely sought after, marking Lindroth as one of the ultimate design shopping destinations in Palm Beach.
Amanda was honoured to be a keynote speaker at the Thomasville Antiques show this past February. She is on the design committee and will be creating a table titled “Island Hopping” to benefit the Lenox Hill Neighbourhood House Spring Gala this coming April. Amanda is also designing a window and speaking on a panel for the LCDQ Legends week in Los Angeles, CA in May.
Lindroth has been widely published in House Beautiful, Southern Living, Veranda, Coastal Living and Luxe Magazine.
Hannah Malein has worked as a consultant at Colour Hive (previously known as Global Color Research) since 2009, leading the creative consultancy team and as Head of Trends for MIX Magazine. With a background in textile design, and a passion for colour and trend forecasting, Hannah has developed a significant understanding of material and surface innovation across multiple industries, including interiors and products, paint and coatings, and consumer electronics. She hosts the bi-annual forecast meetings for Colour Hive, working with a network of international experts from various industries to develop accurate and reliable colour trend information both on a global and regional basis.
In the past 6 years she has applied this specialist knowledge to projects for companies such as Kimberly Clark, Homebase, DuPont, Schott, Formica, Comex, Panasonic and Addis, helping clients to understand colour and trends from research and developing, through to the marketing process. Her experience and dedication her clients has seen her take an active part in product launches for leading brands and hosting trend forums around the world. Hannah is a frequent international speaker at events such as 100% Design, Decorex, Tent London, Furnitex Australia, Interiors UK, Neocon Chicago, Interior Design Forum Moscow and Surface Design Show, and is also an active panel member for several leading organisations, including MoOD Brussels and Nova Club.
Ptolemy Mann has been creating colourful work from her studio since 1997. Architectural, geometric and sophisticated wall based art for public and private clients using her signature hand dyed and woven techniques and more recently commercially produced furnishing fabrics, rugs, cushions, bed linen and throws. She also works as an architectural colour consultant, journalist and lecturer. Her unique approach to hand dyeing and weaving in a dynamic modern context brings her craft into the 21st century. A modern-day Bauhaus philosophy of product and art making combined with intelligent colour theory underpins all of her work both creative and commercial.
Melissa McCafferty is a Brand Ambassador for Houzz.co.uk, the world’s largest online home design community. Before joining the Houzz team, Melissa worked as a Creative Director, designing advertisement concepts and developing marketing schemes and strategies. Melissa is now dedicated to spreading the word about Houzz across the country through events and trade shows and enjoys meeting the thousands of professionals that use Houzz here in the UK.
Joyce graduated from Boston University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in Art History. She soon joined the fashion and retail industry working at Bergdorf Goodman and Coach, then moving to be the Director of Sales at Onward Kashiyama, a Japanese company in the US.
Joyce resides in London and Herzliya and currently divides her time between working on the launch of Holiday House London, being an Ambassador for Chai Cancer Care and various other charities. Joyce is married and has 4 boys, who keep the house pretty busy!
Joyce and Holiday House London
As a breast cancer survivor, Joyce was inspired by the project Iris started and she is committed to ensure the great success of Holiday House London. Joyce believes that since London is a multi-metropolitan global city like New York it is an ideal destination for the project. She is working tirelessly to ensure its success and to help breast cancer victims.
Shalini Misra Limited is a multi-award winning London-based architecture and interior design company, with a diverse portfolio of projects all over the world.
Founded in 1996 by interior architect, designer and property developer, Shalini Misra, the practice effotlessly incorporates its clients’ needs within characterful, functional and timeless interiors. Masterfully combining colours, textures, art and design, it has fostered a loyal clientele.
In the summer of 2016, Shalini Misra Limited finalised the development of a luxury flat in Mayfair, London. To launch the project it designed SQUAT, a pop-up showroom in collaboration with Nilufar Gallery. The flat sold within a week of being on the market.
More recently the practice has been selected to design the Champagne Bar at the 40th anniversary edition of Decorex International this September. With rich velvets, geometric and figurative motifs, Victoriana finishes and four dramatic self-supporting structures reminiscient of a vaulted glass ceiling, the design is inspired by the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the Crystal Palace.
Shalini is a qualified architect (B. Arch. MSc). After studying for her bachelors at The School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi Shalini graduated from University College London with a Master of Science. Shalini teaches a lecture series called ‘Beyond the Skin’ at Sushant School of Architecture and Design in India, where she is on the board. Shalini is invited to give talks on various aspects of interior and architectural design for BIID, World of Interiors magazine and the Winter Art and Antiques Fair in London She is on the board of Tate on their South Asian Acquisition Committee and judges for the International Property Awards and the Architecture and Design Awards Asia-Pacific.
Guy Oliver has worked as a designer for over 20 years. His practice is known to have a balance between private residences, yachts and aircraft and niche luxury hotel projects. Most notably he has worked extensively for the Maybourne Hotel Group with a legacy dating back 70 years through his late business partner, David Laws, who designed for the group from the 1970s-1990s and Michael Inchbald, who mentored Guy and was responsible for many projects in the hotels from the late 1940s until the 1970s. Guy was lead designer during the £70m restoration and refurbishment of The Connaught Hotel, every corner of which is a testament to his dedication to detail, from the Afghan hand-carved peacock window seats in The Prince’s Lodge to the illusionist mini bars in the contemporary West Wing. The hotly publicised refurbishment resulted in The Connaught performing as lead in occupancy and rates in its comparative set, making it one of the world’s most successful hotels.
Guy has also worked on a large number of suites at Claridge’s, including The Royal Suite and The Penthouse as well as the recent redecoration of the iconic Art Deco Ballroom and the 19th C French Salon and Drawing Room. He has also created parties, pop ups and events including Noma at Claridge’s (during the 2012 Olympics) and a number of charitable fundraisers for his friend HRH The Prince of Wales. Guy was then appointed to design Claridge’s new restaurant, Fera, which opened to critical acclaim in June 2014. 2015 saw the opening of a champagne bar at The Connaught and a new Private Dining Room at Claridge’s.
Grant Pierrus aka Interior Style Hunter is the award winning London based interior design blogger dedicated to giving you design and lifestyle inspiration.
He is also the founder of the UK's 1st dedicated digital marketing agency for the luxury interiors sector. Working with interior designers and interior design brands to secure projects and grow their brands online.
Emilio Pimentel-Reid is an award-winning Editor, Interiors Stylist and Brand Consultant, with over 19 years of experience working with some of the world’s most recognised publications including (international editions of Architectural Digest, GQ and ELLE Decoration) brands ( Georg Jensen, De le Cuona , Original BTC and Crown Paints) and retailers (Harrods, Heal’s, John Lewis)
Emilio is an authority in Style, Design and Trend Direction.
An advocate for British design and manufacturing, he also consults with leading interior companies and emerging talent advising in the areas of creative direction and brand development
Follow his cult Instagram feed @whatemiliosaw exploring all things visual and design!
Lori Pinkerton-Rolet is a Past President of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID). She’s been Director of Park Grove Design since 1993 with UK with
International hospitality projects, healthcare, residential and development work within their portfolio. Her Brighton-based design practice works to a simple philosophy: ‘Great design has the capacity to enhance the quality of people’s lives.’
Park Grove was awarded ‘Best Hotel Suite: Europe’ in the 2015 International Hotel and Property Awards, won a Pinder’s Healthcare Design Award in 2014 as well as Best Interior Design in the 2016 UK National Dementia Care Awards. Lori is the recipient of the 2012 BIID Award of Merit and sits on the Institute’s Professional Practice Committee as well as the Program Panel of the UK’s Construction Industry Council. Lori has recently been appointed as an independent consultant to Akzo Nobel (Dulux) to conduct additional research into the use of colour in healthcare and dementia environments.
Park Grove’s work has been featured in Hospitality, idFX, The Times, Metro, The Sunday Telegraph, House & Garden and Designer magazines as well on television and in several book titles. Lori is a frequent industry speaker at events including Sleep, Independent Hotel Show, 100% Design, Grand Designs, and Decorex International and she has an on-line TEDx talk entitled ‘Colour for the Seven Ages of Man.’ She is also a qualified civil and commercial Mediator focusing on the resolution of creative sector disputes.
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Emma Pocock is one half of Turner Pocock, an interior design practice specialising in high end residential work and boutique commercial projects both in the UK and abroad. The founding directors Bunny Turner and Emma Pocock, like to pool resources from their experiences in the commercial art world, property developoing and classic interior design.
They run a team from their West London studio, and like to keep their service personal, creative and 100% efficient. They also have a satellite office in Geneva which copes with the growing demand for their work in Europe.
The scope of each project is tailored to meet the precise requirements of each individual client and both Bunny and Emma are involved in every project.
Katharine Pooley is one of the most sought-after interior designers in the United Kingdom and commissions for landmark commercial and residential properties around the world.
Having once worked in finance, Katharine is a shrewd businesswoman and under her leadership Katharine Pooley Ltd has grown enormously each year from a UK firm undertaking predominantly domestic projects to an internationally well-respected brand and design studio encompassing architectural design, interior design, product design and property development.
Overseeing her team of 40 interior designers and architects Katharine’s highly personal approach – she immerses herself in every detail of her client’s complex projects - ensures a loyal international fan base for her impressive designs. She also boasts a flagship showroom in Doha and a growing roster of clients based in North America and The Middle East.
Recent global assignments include properties in many of London’s most prestigious addresses, a private family home in Washington, a Villa overlooking the sea in the south of France and a large villa in Kuwait.
Katharine has been the worthy recipient of many industry awards and is consistently featured in the Andrew Martin Top 100 international interior designers.
Susie Rumbold is the Vice President, President Elect and CPD Director of the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design). Susie will serve as vice-president of the Institute until her presidency begins in June 2016.
Susie Rumbold is a longstanding Member of the Institute and was an active member of the Membership Committee for 4 years until her appointment as CPD Director in 2014.
In her role as CPD Director, Susie oversees the Institute's CPD programme of seminars, lectures and tours in addition to the expansion of its CPD Providers Directory. Earlier this year Susie oversaw the BIID’s inaugural BIID CPD Provider Showcase, a highly successful day of BIID accredited CPDs from eight top suppliers.
Susie is also the Founder and Creative Director of the successful multidisciplinary design studio, Tessuto Interiors, based in Parsons Green, London. Established in 1993, Susie has built up a prestigious portfolio of commercial and private clients, and acquired a wealth of diverse experience.
Prior to her career in interior design, Susie worked for 7 years as a Merchandiser on the buying team of the international fashion retailer, Topshop.
Susie was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia. She has a Diploma in Education from the State College of Victoria and a Graduate Certificate in Management (Retail) from the London Institute. She is married with one daughter and lives in central London.
Margo Selby studio is a woven textile design company that produces exceptional quality textiles for interiors. Margo’s design philosophy is focused on pushing the boundaries of weaving to create contemporary stylish fabrics for a range of interior textile applications, uniting the very best weavers and high quality fibers to produce beautifully crafted products. Margo’s expertise in weaving is central to all the product development. The design process begins with hand-woven textile concepts, which are then developed with specialist mills and artisan weavers to create unique textile products that include furnishing fabric, carpet, rugs and accessories.
Margo trained in textile design at Chelsea College of Art and Design and then followed this with a postgraduate degree at The Royal College of Art, graduating in 2001. On graduating Margo initially worked as a woven textile designer for industrial mills. It was during this time she united her innovative hand-woven constructions with industrial machinery to create the unique 3-dimensional fabrics that were to become the trademark of the Margo Selby Brand.
Emma co-founded Wallace Sewell with Harriet in 1992 after they completed their MA in Textile Design together at the Royal College of Art. While both are creative and work collaboratively on the designing, Emma has a keen interest in the technical aspect of weaving. Emma is also
Ross Sharples is a member of the Institute of Acoustics and Institute of Sound and Communication Engineers. In addition to his long career in acoustics and working with sound systems in diverse environments he is an accomplished cabinet maker and musician.
Mally Skok is a South African born designer who has run a residential and small commercial interior design firm in Lincoln, MA since 1997. In addition to her projects, Mally’s love of fabric, color and pattern led her to launch her fabric and wallpaper line in 2008. Her first collection, the India Collection, was inspired by a trip she took with her sister to India. Mally’s fabric line has grown to over 95 fabric patterns, and 40 coordinating wallpapers.
All of Mally Skok Design fabrics and wallcovering are hand-screened locally in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Mally Skok Design fabrics and wallcoverings are represented in many prestigious showrooms throughout the US, and Canada. Mally’s fabrics and projects have been featured in numerous high end shelter publications, including: Milieu, House Beautiful, Coastal Home, Traditional Home, and both Design New England and New England Home Magazine.
Mally participated in her sixth Junior League of Boston Designer Show House in 2016, and she was delighted to be the recipient of the Pineapple Award. This award is given to a designer that has made a significant design contribution to the Boston Junior League Show House over the years. Mally has been selected to design the Oval Dining Room in the 2017 Junior League Show House, due to open in October.
These days, Mally and her photography enthusiast husband, David, have been collaborating on a video blog, called “Through Mally’s Lens”. It gives a fun insight into her world. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss-rKc3f4h0&t=1s
Clinton Smith is the Editor in Chief of Veranda, the interiors and lifestyle magazine that celebrates the art of living well. He is an award-winning journalist who has been covering the fields of interior design, style, architecture, travel and other luxury lifestyle topics for almost two decades. During his time at Veranda—which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017—the magazine has become the ultimate sourcebook for those on a quest for the very best, displaying the finest in decorating, outdoor living, fine jewelry, and entertaining. Under Smith’s direction, historic preservation has become a major pillar for the magazine, both in print and with a series of live events across the United States. He is the author of three books: The Romance of Flowers, Entertaining and Inspired by Color, all under the Veranda imprint. A native Texan, Smith is a graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). He lives in New York City and Bedford, New York.
Robin Sprong is an award winning South African designer and wallpaper manufacturer that represents over 70 international surface designers and photographers. Robin produces wallpaper in the UK, South Africa, Germany and Singapore. Robin has been working with some of the top interior design companies from around the world producing wallpapers and surface graphics for customers like, Casa Decor, Vice Magazine, John Jacob Interiors, Stephen Falcke, Design Agency Toronto, Hilton Double Tree and many many more.
Robin has been an ambassador for HP and the development of decor printing and his digitally printed designs can be found on surfaces such as wallpapers, fabrics, hard surfaces, floors, blinds and wall tiles to name a few. Robin core customers have been, hospitals, hotels, office Parks and restaurants.
Sally Storey, Design Director of John Cullen Lighting, is one of the country’s leading lighting experts. Much of her time is spent traveling all over the world to design lighting schemes for individual and corporate clients. She has written three very successful, well-received books on the subject of lighting and is regularly asked to speak at top interior design events.
Sally draws inspiration from her work at Lighting Design International for her designs at John Cullen. Recent Lighting Design International projects have included The Corinthia Hotel and Spa and The Ham Yard Hotel in London, The Savoy, Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, Cote D’Azur, Alpina Gstaad in Switzerland and Four Seasons in Marrakesh and Geneva, Hammersons and Morgan Sindall.
Francis Sultana is a furniture and interior designer based in London with an international client base covering Europe & Russia, USA and Asia. Sultana is the favoured designer of many major art patrons who are drawn to his use of noble materials, fine craftsmanship and luxurious finishes. Francis works across both residential and commercial interior projects.
In October 2015 Francis Sultana was named by Wallpaper magazine as one of the Top 20 Global Interior Designers. In December he was included in the prestigious AD100 list of interior designers. His work is regularly featured in the world’s most influential magazines, newspapers and websites. In February 2016 Francis opened his brand new atelier in King Street, St.James's where his design studio and showroom are now located.
Letitia Taylor brings more than 15 years’ experience in the luxury interiors industry to the role of heading up Harrods’ first end-to-end bespoke design service, Harrods Interiors.
In her previous role in the Harrods Home buying team, Taylor worked closely with Director of Home Annalise Fard on the redevelopment of the Harrods Home and Furniture departments, creating new concepts and sourcing brands from across the world. That culminated in a carefully curated range of products that champion provenance, craftsmanship and heritage, helping shape Harrods Home into the exciting design hub it is today.
Taylor has extensive experience across the design, retail and online-luxury sectors. As such, she offers an in-depth understanding of the needs of any client, from a professional designer working on a bespoke architectural scheme to a customer with a passion for design who is choosing curtains and cushions from The Fabric Library at Harrods.
The Harrods Interiors team has the support and resource of the 600 brands stocked across the Second and Third Floors. It also benefits from Taylor’s strong relationships with many international brands and bespoke suppliers. The result is a level of service from Harrods Interiors that is simply unparalleled.
The designer Sue Timney has worked in Britain, Europe and Japan for over 30 years creating interior projects celebrating her own brand of exotic classicism under the Timney-Fowler and Sue_TIMNEY banners. Her work ranges from commercial and residential interior architecture to product design.
Sue Timney's Interior Design Practice specialises in creating one- off interiors within unique architecture settings. This work combines residential and commercial projects which reference aspects of historical and contemporary design, resulting in uniquely accessible spaces. The 100th programme of Grand Designs - The Water Tower in Kennington - was a huge restoration designed by Sue and nominated for a BAFTA in 2013.
Staffan Tollgård Design Group is internationally known for their bold, contemporary interiors and for a very personal curation of modern furniture and lighting from around the world in their London showroom.
Born out of a shared passion for design, the Design Group is run by Inchbald-educated, husband-and-wife team, Staffan and Monique Tollgård. A background in feature film and documentary production characterises their work: a commitment to the power of story-telling, to the narrative that their clients bring, to the history of the buildings in which they work and the shared stories of the design objects they curate in each interior.
As Creative Director, Staffan has crystallised his design ethos into two principles: the search for the Scandinavian notion of the distinctive ‘Red Thread’ or creative DNA in each project, and the commitment to the creation of ‘functional sculpture’. These twin philosophies have culminated in the creation of a home for the best of contemporary design curated from around the world in their London-based Design Store.
Bunny Turner is one half of Turner Pocock, an interior design practice specialising in high end residential work and boutique commercial projects both in the UK and abroad. The founding directors Bunny Turner and Emma Pocock, like to pool resources from their experiences in the commercial art world, property developoing and classic interior design.
They run a team from their West London studio, and like to keep their service personal, creative and 100% efficient. They also have a satellite office in Geneva which copes with the growing demand for their work in Europe.
The scope of each project is tailored to meet the precise requirements of each individual client and both Bunny and Emma are involved in every project.
Freddy van Zevenbergen and Tom Browning from Lambart & Browne have maintained a commitment to creating & designing spaces of the highest quality that are designed to meet the needs of discerning clients.
Lambart & Browne’s designers come from a variety of known design houses such as Kelly Hoppen Interiors, David Collins Studio, Thorp Design, John Stefanidis, Veere Grenney Associates & Nicky Haslam Design. This vibrant collaboration of diversely talented individuals with wide ranging expertise in all areas, from design to project management, acquisitions and installation. This wealth of combined experience gives Lambart & Browne the focus on producing an original and inspirational style backed by highly professional, concise and closely monitored administration. All skills ultimately leading to the delivery of a truly unique product following the given programme and budgetary requirements.
Harriet co-founded Wallace Sewell with Emma in 1992 after they completed their MA in Textile Design together at the Royal College of Art. Designing on a handloom from her studio in Dorset, Harriet creates designs as she weaves, exploring multiple colours and patterns. Visiting London at least once a week Harriet keeps in close conversation with the rest of the team.
Kay Westmaas runs Studio Westmaas, a London-based interior architecture and design studio, which has become synonymous with understated luxury. Kay and her team work closely with clients on bespoke residential and commercial projects to develop ideas and deliver beautiful, inspiring interiors.
Projects include a private residence in Richmond, a library for a young couple in East Dulwich, a beautiful house in Kensington and a large new build in Claygate. Kay is currently working on her first product line.
Polly Williams is the Designers’ Advisor at the award-winning Camberyard, specialising in offering expert industry mentoring and advice to interior design professionals. Her extensive skills include PR, social media, marketing and business strategy, web design, trade and retail shows and collaborations and networking.
Polly's love of working with design professionals across the industry, to help establish or streamline their business, inspired her to launch Camberyard in 2015.
Prior to Camberyard, Polly spent over 12 years’ advising an interior design studio in London; with her creative ideas and expertise, Polly knows how to launch an interiors brand and make it a success.
Joanna Wood is recognised as one of Britain’s leading figures in the international world of Interior Design, a reputation built over 25 years. Joanna brings to each project her care and attention to detail, creating a classic style that combines traditional and contemporary elements to produce a result which is both practical and visually exciting. She is a Fellow of both The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and a member of The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).